Together, the arts and education sectors form a powerful catalyst for the new ways of seeing, knowing, doing and being that underpin life in the 21 st century.
We want to nurture the next generation of creative entrepreneurs and cultural citizens to push the boundaries of excellence in the arts and build social cohesion in our global and multicultural society.
Arts-rich learning environments deliver higher results in arts education and across the curriculum. They motivate students to learn and increase their participation in their school community. Arts-rich learning environments deliver opportunities for artists to be seen and heard and to reap economic benefit from being creative and working with young people.
To obtain the benefits of powerful learning that can be achieved through the arts, the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries is developing a broad range of significant arts community and business relationships.
Our success relies on understanding how ideas and new knowledge and skills are developed. Collaboration with innovative industry partners and the creative community will guarantee that teaching and learning practices at Queensland Academy for Creative Industries remains world class. Critical to this outcome is the productive industry and enterprise involvement that will benefit our students and staff in the following ways:
QACI is strategically aligned with business, research, education, creative and cultural leaders. Interactions with foremost industries and enterprises expose Academy staff and students to leading thinkers and practitioners, cutting edge technologies and world leading practices
Students are engaged in forward-looking, outcomes focussed projects across a range of contexts, which will contribute to their future learning and employment aspirations.
Dialogue with industry and enterprise partners provides the critical feedback necessary to ensure the vibrancy, relevance and excellence of our learning programs.
The Edge is a new digital culture centre, part of the State Library of Queensland at the Cultural Centre. It is a place for experimentation and creativity, giving contemporary tools to young people to allow them to explore critical ideas, green initiatives, new design practices and media making.
In 2009 a team of 20 students across all year levels had the opportunity to advise the Library about how this Centre could be relevant to all young people in Queensland. QACI students played key role in the opening of the Edge in March 2010 and the Edge is a key partner in our Next Big Idea, where teams work with Edge staff on developing the festival brief in collaboration with other units within SLQ, such as the Indigenous Knowledge Centres. We are very excited about growing with this organisation.
The Academy provides students with world-class resources and facilities which includes the opportunity to work with Wacom tablets in a range of situations.In 2009 QACI was certified as a Wacom Authorised Training Centre.
Read our Case Study on the Wacom website http://www.wacom-asia.com/casestudy/case/queensland-academy-creative-industries-training-future-digital-artists
We collaborate with NIDA in providing the opportunities for Queensland student to access holiday workshops provided by the world renowned organisation. Many of our own students have taken up the opportunity as it provides a unique complement to the Theatre studies delivered by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
Local physical theatre Company Zen Zen Zo operate a range of weekly classes from our well equipped drama studio. Our students are active participants in these classes as they realise this training is of great support to their study. They benefit from the interaction to other industry professionals.
The overall impact of these relationships creates new and dynamic opportunities for students and teachers.
The fabric of the community becomes seamlessly interwoven with that of the Academy.
This rich learning environment delivers opportunities for all creative workers within and beyond our community to reap cultural and economic benefit from working with our young people.
Carbon Media is an Indigenous privately owned new media production company, established in May 2006. Their main business objective is to optimise utilisation of its unique content by multi-media broadcasters, advertisers, ISPs, telecommunication companies and other emerging media platforms. They offer design and delivery across all platforms and distribution of media to clients on-air, on-line and on-mobile. They provide marketing, communication, capacity development and business management solutions.
They are a digital content provider at the forefront of emerging technology, continually exploiting new mediums, and challenging established routes-to-market with innovation, ﬂair, and creativity grounded by a solid understanding of business strategies and economic imperatives.
Based in the heart of the Creative Industries Precinct in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Carbon Media have established their credibility with a diverse array of content and programming including documentaries, TVC’s, studio-shot series, interstitials, outside broadcasts, web development, corporate ﬁlms, and more.
Their team of staff are leaders in their speciﬁc ﬁelds and all have blue cards and recently completed Certiﬁcate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. When considering the cultural safety of students, the team can provide support and mentoring, with industry level standards.
In the next phase of their growth, they will be leading the way in the utilisation of technology for content dissemination both at the front end creatively, and at the back end in terms of architecture. Strategically, Carbon will consolidate its position nationally and gradually roll out worldwide via the Asia-Paciﬁc rim region, where they see the most pioneering and boldly creative work being done at present. They see potential growth internationally and domestically.
Working with QACI
In a 2010 partnership, Carbon will provide the following services to QACI’s students:
• Provide students access to full time professional staff that can help with assist and advise students on editing, graphic and motion design, gaming and website development, ﬁlm and TV production, digital media, journalism, and performing arts.
• Provide students the opportunity to work on real projects in a professional organisation, giving them an invaluable insight to the creative industries and real world experiences.
• Provide master classes from experienced professionals.
• Provide industry placement to students, once again giving them the opportunity to gain knowledge from working in a professional organisation.
• Provide students with vocational training and development by offering Certiﬁcates III & IV in Digital Screen Media.
• Provide student access to Carbon’s resources.
Carbon will also provide QACI with access to its strategic industry partners including Paciﬁc Film and Television Queensland (PFTC), Arts Queensland, Premier’s Department, Creative Enterprise Australia, QUT Creative Industries Faculty, and Screen Australia. Carbon will also provide students with the opportunity to showcase their ﬁlm making skills to the nation by securing licensing agreements with national broadcasters such as the ABC and National Indigenous Television (NITV), whom they have built strong relationships with. The working methodology involves recruitment, mentoring, on the job training and cadetships.
As a strategic industry partner, Carbon will provide QACI with signiﬁcant marketing capability as their own marketing capability has increased dramatically and they have produced numerous media products including websites, corporate productions and television commercials. They have also organised a number of marketing events. Carbon will list QACI as a strategic industry partner on the credits of their products.
Finally, Carbon will assist with QACI by helping to recruit more Indigenous students by way of proactively reaching out to remote communities with the aid of a Student Liaison Ofﬁcer to encourage, educate, and recruit Indigenous youth to enrol with QACI. Carbon Media has developed itself as a leader in Indigenous new media and has networks and relationships with Indigenous communities across Queensland. Carbon Media has proposed an ongoing, proactive programme to help create a two-pronged approach for Indigenous students wishing to forge a career in the digital economy.
Recent productions that demonstrate relationships with communities across the state include Letterbox and a documentary of the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair. The Letterbox series involved students from schools in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the Cairns Arts Fair documentary involved Carbon Media producers engaging with Aboriginal artists across Cape York.
In 2010, MAC1 came on board to support the 1-1 Laptop Program.
A message from MAC1 to our community.
'MAC1 is extremely proud to partner with Queensland Academy for Creative Industries in supporting the quality outcomes experienced by students through the use of Apple technology during their learning. Partnership, expertise and dedication are three key principles that form the foundation of our culture at MAC1. Our company isn't a huge, faceless, nationalised organisation. We love doing what we do and doing it well in a personal environment that thrives on relationships with our clients. That said-we're not small either. This year we celebrate our 21st birthday and with over 130 staff skilled across a rich range of expertise, our continued strength is ensuring that we deliver on time and under budget. We're the largest K-12 education agent of Apple Computer in Australia and are pleased to provide a full range of services to QACI including the supply and maintenance of computing technology and Professional Learning/Development to teaching staff, students and parents of the Academy. We have dedicated staff on hand locally in Brisbane to help achieve the exciting technology enhanced outcome expected by every child who attends QACI and continually work to source appropriate and innovative solutions to improve student experience.
For the Academy to continue to bring to fruition the vision for transforming teaching and learning we understand that it requires a relationship partner that is committed to the guiding principles of this education initiative. MAC1 genuinely looks forward to the continuing opportunity in working with the QACI team, the student body and wider parent community.'